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The Lakers Have A "Death Lineup" And LeBron James Will Be Playing A New Position In It

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks on the court during a stop in play in a preseason game against the Golden State Warriors at T-Mobile Arena on October 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 123-113. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

With DeMarcus Cousins in Golden State, Paul George in Oklahoma City and Kawhi Leonard on his way to Toronto, the Lakers never wound up getting that second superstar to pair with LeBron James for the 2018-2019 season. But they still might have a lineup capable of winning a lot of games this coming season.

In fact, there are some - including a Lakers executive - who thinks the team has a "death lineup" to compete with the Warriors. It involves James playing a different position than he's used to.

LeBron, in the team's death lineup, would be playing center. Clearly, it's a small-ball lineup that would not work well against teams with top big men.

The lineup? LeBron, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram. The team would get up and down the floor in a hurry, that's for sure.

Bleacher Report was the first to report the idea of the lineup:

As currently constructed, the Lakers have plenty of guards and wings but are a bit light at center with JaVale McGee the only free-agency addition at the position. Ivica Zubac and rookie Moritz Wagner will need to show they're ready for regular roles.

Nothing about that trio should inspire confidence. Instead, the Lakers' best and only choice may be to deploy James as a small-ball center.

"We may not see this on day one, but the coaching staff is eager to see our version of the [Warriors'] Death Lineup with Lonzo [Ball], Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, [Kyle] Kuzma and LeBron," a second Lakers executive said.

LeBron is an incredibly versatile player, but he's used to handling the ball the majority of his team's possessions. It's unclear how that would work if he's supposed to be playing under the hoop.

It's also somewhat interesting that Magic Johnson, who wooed James to Los Angeles, has some experience playing center himself.

It'll be interesting to see how good the Lakers are this coming season. They've got a long way to being able to compete with the Warriors.